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Week #9.2

Transferrable Skills May Be the Most Influential Weapon In Your Job Search Arsenal

You take more than your favorite paperweight and that adorable dog portrait with you when you change jobs: the skills that don’t necessarily belong to a particular niche or industry may make the difference between a job offer and a pass.

Examples of these transferrable skills include:

  • People Skills: collaboration, relationship building, motivating, empathy
  • Management Skills: Time management, leadership, decision-making, resource allocation, negotiating
  • Research & Planning: Project management, scheduling, prioritization, risk management
  • Hard Skills: Software, hardware, troubleshooting
  • Leadership Skills: Commitment, passion, empowerment, resilience, purpose, accountability, emotional intelligence
  • Additional Skills: Foreign language fluency, public speaking experience, published writings

Include your transferrable skills on your resume and have examples ready for the interview.

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Week #8.2

Sparking Interest and Ensuring Recognition – Use Logos in your LinkedIn Profile to Set Yourself Apart

When we browse online we scan and skip text – our eyes jump around the page as we pickup key elements of the content. The same is true of recruiters and hiring managers. Utilize logos to promote professional credibility and to incorporate an unconscious mode of persuasion in your profile.

Be sure to incorporate logos of your previous employers, schools and certifications. These logos are part of your personal branding – display them proudly!

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Week #7.2

Ageism Is Real – Search Like a Millennial

You’ve dropped the first ten years off your resume, now you must fight the stereotype of the aging professional:

  • Stay intellectually curious: keep up with tech innovations, social media trends, and new practices in your industry.
  • Commit to a healthy mind and body. Adopt popular activities of successful young professionals like hiking, biking, snowboarding, surfing, blogging, volunteering.
  • Have examples of your mentoring capabilities at the ready.
  • Project energy, nimbleness and spontaneity in your thinking and actions.

You bring a wealth of the knowledge, experience and expertise that younger candidates lack. Choose the companies that will embrace these attributes.

Now go get ‘em kiddo!

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Week #6.2

More Than Your Words or Resume — Body Language Expresses Who You Really Are

Unconscious judgments are made in the first 10 seconds of your interview. Walk into the room with your shoulders back, your neck elongated, using a comfortable stride. When you take your seat, remember to:

  • Position yourself so that you can make eye contact with everyone in the room.
  • Sit all the way back in your chair, and lean slightly forward to show interest when listening.
  • Keep your feet on the ground. If you must cross your legs, never show the soles of your shoes (in some cultures this is offensive).
  • Make eye contact but don’t stare – move your eyes to different areas of the interviewer’s face occasionally.
  • Remember to maintain a natural smile.
  • Keep your hands in view and use open palm gestures for emphasis.
  • Breathe deeply and monitor your energy level.
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Week #5.2

Don’t Negate a Perfect Resume with a Bad Paper Choice

You’ve spent time and money creating the perfect resume or CV. Don’t undo all that hard work by printing it on cheap paper stock.
You should bring enough copies for everyone you will be meeting with in your interview. Insure a sharp professional and polished presentation by choosing the right paper:

  • White, off-white, ivory, cream or light grey are the colors that work best in a professional setting.
  • Cotton or linen based stock brings softness and texture.
  • Absolutely no loud or garish colors.
  • And weight is important. Choose 24-28 lb. stock. Less tends to wrinkle and crumble, more feels like a greeting card.

The right paper choice reflects your style and attention to detail — don’t miss a chance to be memorable.

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Week #4.2

What is Your Personal Brand?

We all have one. What is yours? Ask yourself, how would a friend or co-worker describe you? This is your personal brand. It reflects your strengths, your values, and your skills. Actively cultivate your personal brand as you conduct your job search. Marketing your brand (being aware of how you portray yourself to others) will build credibility and communicate confidence in the value you offer.

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Week #3.2

LinkedIn Views are Paramount to a Successful Job Search

LinkedIn is the most powerful tool you will use in your job search. You will be:

  • Reaching out to key influencers and decision makers
  • Staying active on the platform and making new contacts by leveraging the LinkedIn community
  • Creating a high-value network of key professionals

Track your profile views and search results. You will see that these activities increase your visibility, drive traffic to your profile and increase your opportunities to connect and follow-up.

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Week #2.2

Turn a Tough Interview Question into a Strategy

Why do they ask the dreaded “tell me about your biggest weakness”? – because it shows your self-awareness and demonstrates that you can discuss your flaws openly. We all have them, never deny it!

Turn your weakness (for example, I hate public speaking), into a strategy for success. “I practice in front of friends, I prepare slides and props to support the story I am telling, I do breathing exercises”. Flaws are simply opportunities for growth.

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Week #1.2

How to Look for Your Next Job While You’re Still Employed? – Tactfully

When looking for your next position while you are still employed, follow these tips so that you can bow-out gracefully, without burning bridges:

  • Never use your current employer’s time, property, computers, email, or phone numbers while conducting your search.
  • Use LinkedIn judiciously – don’t put your current resume on your profile, and turn off network notifications.
  • Do not blast your resume on job boards.
  • Be selective about the recruiters you work with and ask for their confidentiality.
  • Always tell interviewers that your search is confidential.
  • Never speak negatively about your current job, company or boss.
  • Avoid social media posts about your search, or your current company.
  • Do not discuss your search with any of your co-workers.
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Week #52.2

How Long Will it Take to Find That New Job? It Depends…

Without an all-knowing crystal ball, it is impossible to predict how long your job search will be. But there are indicators, and there are ways to shorten your search:

  • On average, it takes one month of search for each $10,000 of salary. If your target salary is $200K, your search could take 20 months.
  • Beware of outdated job search techniques, they will increase the length of your job search.
  • Create a plan/strategy for your search.
  • Utilizing the modern search tools and techniques provided by Job Seekers’ Edge can shave months off your search.